Rhode Island: Newport one of top 10 most expensive US summer destinations


Newport, Rhode Island, is one of the most expensive summer destinations in the United States. The latest survey from CheapHotels.org made this determination after comparing destinations across the nation.

The survey specifically examined all US destinations based on the minimum price travelers will have to spend to stay overnight there. The cheapest available double room in each destination during the current month of August served as the basis of comparison. It must be pointed out that the survey considered only those hotels with a central location within the destination or with prime real estate near the beach. In addition, the survey excluded accommodations with less than a 2-star rating and with a negative average client feedback score.

Newport, a Rhode Island seaside city on Aquidneck Island, ranks seventh most expensive overall. An average nightly rate of $234 per night put it in the Top 10. The priciest US summer destination is Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. There, overnight guests will have to spend an average of $332 per night this August to stay in the most affordable double room.

Completing the Top 3 podium are the small island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, which is situated 30 miles south of Cape Cod, and Montauk, New York, Long Island’s easternmost point. Averaging overnight rates of $329 and $326, respectively, these two destinations take the survey’s number two and three positions.

The following table shows the 10 most expensive locales in the United States this late summer. The prices indicated reflect the average rate for each destination’s cheapest available double room for the time period spanning August 1–31, 2016.

1. Saratoga Springs (NY) $332
2. Nantucket (MA) $329
3. Montauk (NY) $326
4. Santa Monica (CA) $271
5. Portland (ME) $267
6. Cape May (NJ) $246
7. Newport (RI) $234
8. Provincetown (MA) $232
9. Calistoga (CA) $227
10. Beverly Hills (CA) $221

For the full results of the survey, visit cheaphotels.org/press/summer16.html